The Giver is the fifth album from David Hillyard And The Rocksteady 7 (featuring members of The Slackers, Throw Rag, Hepcat, The Phenomenauts, Micah Nelson), following Hillyard's 2014 solo album, California. Based out of New York but relying on a global cast of musicians, Hillyard has been directing the group's mix of Jamaican roots music with American jazz, soul, and R&B since 1997. The Giver showcases Jamaican percussion legend and Rocksteady 7 regular Larry McDonald and also featured prominently is vocalist Sean Wheeler, best known as frontman of Throwrag. The album includes renditions of John Coltrane's "Song of the Underground Railroad" and Gil Scott Heron's "Home is Where the Hatred Is." It was recorded and mixed at Hen House Studios in Venice, CA by Harlan Steinberger, mastered by Bernie Grundman, and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.
• Recorded and mixed at Hen House Studios by Harlan Steinberger
• Produced by David Hillyard, Andrew Rossiter, and Harlan Steinberger
• Mastering by Bernie Grundman
• Pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany